I returned home from a long and challenging trip. As I pulled my bag out of the car, my loving wife came out to greet me with a hug and a kiss. Inside my kids came out of their rooms to say hello and ask how I was doing. My faithful dog stood at my feet, wagging her tail happily. The cats just ignored me, which also provided a feeling of normalcy. Later that evening, as I sat in my familiar chair, I reflected on how blessed I am. It is a blessing to have family and a home.
That is what church is supposed to feel like. No matter who you are and whatever craziness is going on in your world, church is the place where people love you and accept you. Even if nowhere else feels like it, church is supposed to help you feel at home.
This is not the feeling any of us had at the United Methodist General Conference this past week. That gathering has been described by words like, “mess”, “train wreck”, and a few other words that I won’t repeat.
What really happened? What does it mean? What does it mean for our local church?
While it will take a while to sort out the exact results from General Conference (most of the legislation has to go to our Judicial Council in April to see if it is constitutional), I will give you an update this weekend in worship. I also want to think with you just a little bit about who we will be as a congregation, going forward. One way I want to do this is by focusing on what it has meant to be United Methodist, and what I love about United Methodism.
We will also celebrate Holy Communion together. When we come to that table to receive the gifts of God, hopefully, we can feel what it means to be home, where everyone is loved and accepted and where we all belong – together.
Our Scripture focus this weekend will be Matthew 6:27-34. This text talks about our anxiety and what we should focus upon to move past that anxiety.
During our Saturday afternoon worship, we will be honored to participate in the Baptism of Kevin Henry Kaufman (son of Andy and Kim).
I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend.